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Louis Carbonneau

Practice areas:

Business, Contracts & Agreements, Intellectual Property, Licensing

About Me

Louis is a seasoned intellectual property attorney with over 20 years of a diversified and unique US and international experience as an intellectual property litigator, a General Counsel of a software start up, a senior in house counsel and General Manager, IP & Licensing at Microsoft Corporation and a Professor at the University of Washington’s Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law & Policy.


Louis is bilingual (English/French) and licensed to practice in the US and in Canada since 1988.

Louis recently retired from Microsoft after close to 15 years with the company's legal department to found THE POINT LAW GROUP, a boutique law firm dedicated to technology and e-commerce companies.

Over his career at Microsoft, Louis was the lead business and intellectual property counsel to various business units, including, Windows Networking, Automotive, Smart Cards, Smart Personal Objects, Health, Education, Emerging Markets and Strategic Silicone Architecture. He also served in a senior operating role as the GM, Outbound Licensing & IP Ventures, where he was primarily responsible for the outbound licensing activities of Microsoft's unproductized technologies and intellectual property. During that period, he was a frequent spokesperson on Microsoft's commercial licensing programs and structured and negotiated numerous related transactions. From 2003 to 2006, Louis was the General Manager, Microsoft International IP & Licensing, a group he created and where he assembled and managed an international team of attorneys and legal professionals around the world who supported all Microsoft Research labs worldwide and all overseas incubation and product development groups.

Louis initially joined Microsoft in 1995 as General Counsel of then wholly owned subsidiary Softimage Inc., a computer graphics software development company based in Montreal (Quebec), which he helped divest for close to 300M. Before joining Microsoft, he was a member of Smart & Biggar, the largest IP boutique law firm in Canada, where he handled major IP litigations, as well as worked on various IP matters & transactions.

Louis is admitted to practice with both the Washington State and Quebec (Canada) Bars. He is a member of the WSBA, ABA, LES (Canada US) & AIPLA. He is a technical advisor to an early stage fund management firm in Canada and a consultant to the Executive Forum. In addition, Louis serves as a Practicing Law Institute (PLI) faculty and he is a frequent guest speaker internationally on the subject of intellectual property, technology transfer, licensing and innovation. He himself holds a US and international patent around multimedia watermarking technology.

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Languages Spoken: English, French

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Licensing: 25%
    25 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
    25 years
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 25%
    25 years
  4. Business: 25%
    25 years

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

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    I endorse this lawyer's work. Louis is above all a lawyer who solves problems for his client. He is competent, thorough, and responsive. i would not hesitate to engage him again

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    Phillip Egger Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Curtis Dean Woo Hom

    I recommend Louis highly, especially for his skill, perspective and ability to provide excellent business-oriented legal advice. Louis listens and probes to get to the heart of the matter, analyzes quickly and thoroughly, and works closely with cleints to provide practical solutions that achieve results. As an added bonus, Louis is a pleasure to work with

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    Curtis Hom Corporate & Incorporation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

THE POINT LAW GROUP, PLLC


Seattle, WA

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200406/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pitney Bowes AwardPitney Bowes1988
Pitney Bowes AwardPitney Bowes1987
Common LawFederal Department of Justice1987

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerTynax, Inc.2010 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Washington School of Law2009 - Present
Founder & PrincipalThe Point Law Group, PLLC2009 - Present
General Manager & Senior Corporate CounselMicrosoft Corporation1998 - 2009
General CounselSoftimage Corporation1995 - 1998
Senior IP AssociateSmart & Biggar1991 - 1995

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationEducation Committee2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationComputer Law Committee1999 - Present
Association of University Technology ManagersMember1999 - 2005
Licensing Executives SocietyMember1996 - Present
Quebec Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Canadian Bar AssociationMember1988 - 1998
Intellectual Property Institute of CanadaMember1988 - 1998

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGill UniversityEconomicsN/AN/A
University of Montreal Faculty of LawLawN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
TechBa Seattle ConferenceIP Strategies for entrepreneurs2011
Guest speaker- KeynoteIP Strategies for technology businesses2011
Guest speaker- keynoteIP Strategies for technology businesses2011
6th Internation Forum of Intellectual PropertyInternational Perspectives for Innovating Businesses2011
Top Ten IP Tips for Non IP attorneysIntellectual Property2010
DBM Series for Entrepreneurs"Winning Legal and IP Strategies For Entrepreneurs"2010
16th Annual Conference on Software Licensing AgreementsEnforcing Infringement and Indemnification Clauses2010
PLI Annual patent Law InstituteBusiness Considerations in Patent Licensing2009
Innovation Management Summer SchoolIP Asset Management2009
How to Build a Licensing Business When Nobody Likes You!Licensing & Business2009
Montreal InnovationNew business models around Open Innovation2008
Cristal Ball SummitOpen Innovation2008
Banff Venture Forum (Annual Meeting)Licensing & Business2007
4th Annual International IP Forum (Keynote and Honorary President)From Inventions to Innovations2007
Tuck School of Business, 6th Annual Private Equity and Growth Ventures Conference,IP Strategies for technology businessesN/A